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Dodgers are latest team to extend protective netting

Vincent Frank
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Dodger Stadium will have a different look once the Los Angeles-based team returns for its next regular season homestand on September 2.

According to ESPN, the Dodgers are the latest MLB team to extend protective netting as a way to keep fans safer. It’s no small thing, either.

“By the time the team returns for its next homestand on Sept. 2, the netting will be extended down each foul line to the point where the wall angles toward the outfield corners, an area that resides roughly between the edge of the infield dirt and the end of the outfield warning track,” ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reported Tuesday evening.

As one of the truly original west coast baseball venues, this is going to change the dynamics of Dodger Stadium for fans moving forward. But it really is a necessity.

After a scary incident involving a young fan in Houston earlier this season, a number of MLB teams have decided to extend protective netting.

While there’s no uniform rule in Major League Baseball, it seems that individual teams are doing what they can to both improve the fan experience and make those in attendance safer from foul balls.